To allow applications and processes to run smoothly, you might need to configure and allocate system resources, install additional components and plug-ins, or change environmental settings to match software requirements. Adding external components is usually accomplished through the use of Plug and Play, but occasionally driver installation and additional configuration might be required. Proper configuration of the power settings will help you get the maximum performance from a laptop, such as increasing the length of time the laptop can be used on battery power.
With laptops, you might need to exchange components occasionally to accomplish different tasks and respond to changing situations. You can customize a laptop for specific purposes by adding external components. For example, you can install a second hard drive in a laptop to provide additional storage capacity. Components need to be carefully inserted or connected to bays, connectors, and proprietary expansion areas to avoid damage to the equipment. It is important to follow safe removal procedures when disconnecting hot-swappable and non-hot-swappable devices.
After completing the following sections, you will meet these objectives:
■ Describe how to configure power settings
■ Describe the safe installation and removal of laptop components
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